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MEET CELLULITE’S NEWEST FOE: ORASER® CELLULITE CONTROL BODY SMOOTHING CREME

There’s nothing we wouldn’t do and no amount of money we wouldn’t spend to get rid of cellulite – that lumpy, dimpled cottage cheese skin on the thighs, hips, buttocks and abdomen.

No one knows exactly what causes cellulite, but it is thought to involve fibrous connective cords that tether the skin to the underlying muscle with fat in-between. Fat cells accumulate and push up against the skin, while the long, tough cords pull down, creating the dimpling effect a.k.a cellulite.

Cellulite has nothing to do with weight or weight gain as many thin people also develop this vexing skin condition. More women develop cellulite than men, and it is also more common with advancing age when the skin loses elasticity.

There are many lasers and devices on the market that come with high price tags and can produce reliable results, but ZO Skin Health’s new Oraser® Cellulite Control Body Smoothing Creme may do the trick – without the expense and downtime associated with energy-based anti-cellulite treatments.

The key ingredients: plankton extract, saccharide isomerate, caffeine, coenzyme A, carnitine, carrageenan extract and phosphatidylcholine, all work synergistically to improve the skin’s texture and reduce the appearance of cellulite. In addition to smoothing skin, the crème also helps improve microcirculation, reduce skin contour, encourage the production of collagen for firmer skin and restores hydration to support a healthy skin barrier function.

Dr. Zein Obagi recommends using the crème twice daily, morning and night on clean, dry skin. Apply it liberally to any part of the body with cellulite, especially the hips, thighs, and buttocks, as well as the surrounding areas, he says. Oraser® Cellulite Control Body Smoothing Creme is available at http://zoskinhealth.com and through physicians and dermatologists worldwide.

In addition to using the crème as directed, exercise may also help break down fat, boost circulation and consequently give your skin a smoother appearance.

Massage – especially deep-tissue massage – can also improve the appearance of cellulite. Weight loss, however, is a double-edged sword. If you are overweight, losing weight may reduce the amount of visible cellulite, but for some people, weight loss can cause loose skin, which can make cellulite even more noticeable.

If you are concerned about the appearance of cellulite, see your dermatologist or ZO skin care professional to find out what products or procedures may help. To locate a ZO skincare specialist near you, visit https://zoskinhealth.com/zo-near-you.

Introducing ZO Skin Centres

ZO Skin Centres is the newest brainchild of Dr. Zein Obagi, and the flagship location opened in June 2015 at the posh Fashion Island in Newport Beach, California. Clients can stop by for a rejuvenating ZO peel, have a bit of BOTOX for your crow’s feet or Juvederm in your lips. You can even schedule a Coolsculpting session to freeze the fat on your tummy, all in the privacy and convenience of a modern pampering setting.

Dr. Obagi has spent over three decades researching and developing revolutionary ways to restore and maintain healthy, vibrant and glowing skin. Just like our celebrated ZO family of products, our signature services are sought-after by celebrities in Beverly Hills, London, Paris and more.

The experience begins with a consultation by Dr. Obagi himself or his plastic surgeon colleague Dr. Aaron Kosins. At your first Skin Health evaluation with Dr. Obagi or Dr. Kosins, you will have a comprehensive assessment of your skin  and an opportunity to discuss your specific concerns and review your medical history. Photographs will be taken to document your skin’s current condition and to be evaluated by the doctor. You will receive a fully individualized program designed to meet your goals. At each follow-up visit, new photographs will be taken to document your skin’s progress.

All treatments are performed by highly skilled medical aestheticians trained in the principles, protocols and methods of Dr. Zein Obagi. The services offered at the ZO Skin Centres are inspired by the ZO® Circle of Skin Health, which takes into account Prevention, Therapy, Daily Skincare and Maintenance. One of our client favorite treatments is the ZO® Signature Facial with Lymphatic Drainage for hydrated skin that glows.  This relaxing treatment utilizes cutting edge technology, including microcurrent therapy, to improve skin firmness, reduce wrinkles and smooth skin followed by lymphatic drainage to rid the skin of toxins and impurities. It’s perfect before a night out or special occasion!

Look for the ZO Skin Centre at 401 Newport Centre Drive, Suite A208, Fashion Island – open 7 days/week.

 

 

Treat Yourself to a Spa Night In

Who doesn’t love the pampering, skin reviving benefits of a day at a luxurious spa?!

Dr. Zein Obagi has recreated some of the fabulous treatments sought out by celebrities and offered at the Obagi Skin Health Institute in Beverly Hills for you at home.

Send your kids and the hubs to the mall or a movie, so you can finally have some ME time. Then start by lighting a few aromatherapy candles to set the mood. Lavender is especially soothing and calming. Pour yourself a chilled glass of champagne to relax. Put your hair up or wrap in a soft, fluffy towel. Wash your face, pat dry, and you’re ready for your treatment.

One of our all time favorite spa-like treatments is our signature ZO Medical Invisapeel Intensive Resurfacing Peel. It can be used for your face, body, decolletage, arms, legs, even your hands. The formula uses papain and bromelain enzymes to gently renew the epidermis or outer skin layer, leaving skin visibly smoother, firmer and brighter. For added benefits, Dr. Obagi added some kukui seed oil and safflower seed oil to restore hydration and extra lipids for skin barrier reinforcement. This single treatment does it all.

If your skin is oily and breakouts are getting you down, indulge yourself with the NEW ZO Medical Offects Sulfur Masque. This deep-pore cleansing masque was created to target oily and acne prone skin.  It works to absorb surface oils, reduce oiliness, and prevent clogged pores which cause pimples and inflammation. What’s more, this little tube is a lifesaver as a spot treatment for flare ups. You will want to take one of these babies in your travel bag wherever you go.

Voila! These two great skin loving treatments that you can do at home are sure to have your complexion glowing and clear.

First Signs of Spring

The first day of Spring is finally in our sights. In many parts of the country, the first sign of tulips and green leaves on the trees with birds chirping will bring a welcome relief from a cold, harsh winter. And the anticipation of spring making its way is also a reminder that it’s time to step up your skin care regimen as the seasons are changing.

Springtime will naturally be about spending time outdoors, running, jogging, playing sports and taking the kids and dogs to the park. So your first defense against UV rays and protect your skin from free radical damage is a broad spectrum sunscreen. To insure adequate protection, the general rule is to use a tablespoon of SPF 30+ for your face and a shot glass to cover your body. ZO Medical Oclipse-C Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF50 offers daily multi-defense protection. If you plan to sweat or go swimming, reapply your SPF as needed to maintain coverage.

Think of spring as the season to exfoliate and get rid of lingering dead skin cells that have built up during the winter and can cause your complexion to look dull and pale. Slough off dead skin cells with gentle scrubs for your arms, legs, chest, neck and face that contain microbeads, such as our bestselling ZO Skin Health Exfoliating Polish.

For your face, dead cells and debris will come off to reveal softer, fresher, rosier skin beneath with a dose of ZO Medical Invisapeel Intensive Resurfacing Peel.  Use Invisapeel several times weekly, or once per week if your skin is thin or tends to be dry, and watch your radiance return.

Since skin tends to be dry the during cold winter months, switch out the heavier creams you may have been using for lighter lotions or serums. In the spring, your skin will benefit from retinol to help improve tone, texture, fight acne, and minimize the appearance of fine lines and pores. ZO Skin Health Ossential Advanced Radical Night Repair is the pen ultimate retinol serum for daily use.

If your skin is oily, make sure to use ZO Medical TE Pads Acne Pore Treatment to keep breakouts under control, as skin tends to have more oil production when the weather starts to warm up.

Lastly, spring is the ideal opportunity to see your dermatologist for a full body check to make sure your skin is free of any suspicious lesions that could be pre-cancerous or skin cancer. It could save your life!

Caring For Dry Winter Skin

Winter weather takes a beating on the skin, leaving  it flaky, red, and rough. Severely dry skin- also known as xerosis- can show up on your arms, hands, lower legs, ankles and even your scalp.  Excessive sun exposure, bathing,  or use of harsh soaps, detergents or chemicals can also trigger dry skin.

Making a few simple changes in your daily skin care regimen and lifestyle can help you to overcome severely dry skin. Keep baths and showers short. Hot water strips the essential oils from your skin, drying out your skin. Limit yourself to a 10-miute warm shower or bath. Look for unscented, soap-free, or mild soap cleansers and body washes. These will be the least likely to irritate and exacerbate dry skin problems. When you come out of the shower, pat your skin damp and then apply moisturizer. Your skin will be more accepting to lotions within 3-5 minutes after washing.

You don’t have to spend a lot of money to get successful results. Read the labels and look for certain ingredients. Ceramides, or synthetic ceramides, helps skin retain water and soothe dry skin. Dimethicone and glycerin draws water to the skin and keeps it there. Hyaluronic acid (HA) is like ceramides and also helps the skin to retain moisture. Lanolin, mineral, and petroleum jelly are other ingredients that help skin hold on to the water absorbed during bathing.

Dr. Obagi says, “Don’t  forget sunscreen when you leave the house. You should apply a broad spectrum sunscreen on all exposed parts of your body. Look for SPF30 or higher, as in ZO Skin Health Oclipse Sunscreen +Primer Broad Spectrum SPF30. When it comes to sunscreen, more is more. Make sure to reapply sunscreen often when in the sun for prolonged periods of time.  Applying sunscreen regularly will not only help prevent dry skin, it will prevent aging as well.”

Use a humidifier at home to keep skin hydrated during winter months. Indoor air is dry so you want to make sure your skin won’t suffer. Drink plenty of water and green tea, and try to eat foods that are rich in omega-3. Essential fatty acids can be found in cold-water fish like salmon and halibut, flax, walnuts, and safflower oil; it helps fortify skin’s natural oil-retaining barriers. If you feel your skin is itchy or inflamed, apply a cool compress or a hydrocortisone cream on the area for a few days to one week.

If you still see redness and irritation, see your dermatologist to find out if there is more to your dry skin than meets the eye.

Skin Enemy #1

The sun presents a great conundrum for dermatologists and skin care professionals. On the one hand, it is the life-giving source of all natural living things. On the other hand, UV exposure is the cause of premature aging and, even worse, skin cancer.

It was once believed that only UVB was damaging because it causes the epidermis to burn and turn red. But now we know that UVA is equally damaging, if not more dangerous. UVA rays account for up to 95 percent of the UV radiation that reaches the Earth’s surface. They cause skin cancer by damaging skin cells called keratinocytes in the basal layer of the epidermis, where most skin cancers occur. In the past few years, the US FDA has required that all sunscreens sold in the US offer broad-spectrum protection against UVA and UVB.

Together UVA and UVB are responsible for sunburns and skin cancer. They also are responsible for every type of skin change that we consider normal aging, including fine lines, wrinkles, skin laxity, dark spots, freckles, coarse texture, and other discolorations. It also breaks down the elastin in the skin, causing it to sag and stretch. This is why the parts of your body that are regularly exposed to the sun look so different than the covered parts.

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, protection is the first step in avoiding the damaging effects of the sun. Wear protective clothing, seek the shade when the sun is highest, and apply 1 ounce of sunscreen to your face and body every two hours when you are outdoors.

“Sun damage and skin cancer are the most common skin problems that we face,” says Dr. Zein Obagi. “They are on the increase, no matter how high the SPF.” In addition to broad-spectrum sunscreen, he believes that antioxidants can help skin fight the bombardment of aging free radicals. ZO® Skin Health Oclipse® Sunscreen + Primer SPF30 is a broad-spectrum sunscreen that also addresses the issues of inflammation and free radicals. It is a physical sunscreen, the best kind, and features titanium dioxide and zinc oxide for UVA/UVB protection. It also includes melanin, nature’s own skin protectant, which helps prevent melanocytes from having a negative response to UV.

Dr. Zein Obagi recommends that you treat your skin for excess sebum before applying sunscreen so it will stay in place, and apply sunscreen to dry skin.

Tips for the Perfect Pedi

Nothing says party like a strappy pair of sandals and the perfectly pedicured feet to go with them. “With a little time and the right tools, you can give yourself a colorful and relaxing pedi right in the comfort of your home, “ says Dr. Monika Kiripolsky. Read on for Dr. Kiripolsky’s 6 tips for the perfect pedi.

Soak It: After removing old polish, fill a large bowl, tub, or basin with warm water. Add bath salts, Epsom salts, or even a dash of your favorite aromatherapy oil. Soak feet for 10 minutes, longer if they are very calloused. An interesting twist is to throw in a quarter cup of milk instead of the salts. The lactic acid in milk naturally exfoliates and compensates for the water’s dehydrating effect.

Shape It: Remove your feet from the water and pat dry. Softened from the water, toenails are now easy to trim and shape. Start with a pair of nail clippers and cut your toenails just short enough to see a bit of white at the tips. Use the natural topline of your toes as a guide to create a slightly squared shape. Avoid a rounded shape as this can promote ingrown nails. Finish with an emery board to buff down the sharp edges created by the clippers.

Push It: Next apply a cuticle oil or remover to the base of your nails. After a few minutes, push the cuticle back with an orangewood stick using a gentle circular motion. Just push the cuticle, not the skin of the toe. To avoid hangnails and potential infection, don’t cut your cuticles.

Scrub It: Next, tackle those callouses and spots of dry skin with a good foot scrub. You can use a wet pumice stone or foot file, or apply an exfoliating scrub. Look for scrubs that contain lactic or glycolic acid to help remove the dead skin cells. You’ll want to scrub the balls of your feet, bottoms and sides of your heels, and around the toes. The goal is to smooth, not remove; the tough skin is there for a reason.

5. Massage it: Ease any tension left after your soak by massaging in a moisture rich cream. Products with shea butter will go far to lock in moisture and keep those tootsies smooth. ZO® Skin Health Oraser® Body Emulsion Plus promotes smoothness and overall health of your skin.

6. Polish It: Pick an eye-catching color to fit the season. Red is always a winner. Dip the brush into your polish, and wipe off any excess. Place brush in the middle of your nail at the cuticle line, and pull it toward the tip. Repeat on the sides, adding more polish, if needed. Remember, to apply a topcoat to preserve your pedi and prevent chipping.

Now – kick up those heels!

There Is No Such Thing as a Safe Tan

You can’t dispute the science. The UVA and UVB rays from the sun as well as tanning beds and lamps lead to premature photo-aging at best, and skin cancer, including deadly melanoma, at worst. As beauty magazines and dermatologists advise, “The only safe tan is a fake tan.”

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, “A tan, whether you get it on the beach, in a bed, or through incidental exposure, is bad news, any way you acquire it.” And tanning salons may pose the biggest risk. People who use indoor tanning devices are 74% more likely to develop melanoma than someone who has never visited a tanning salon or sat under a UV lamp. In the US alone, 419,254 cases of skin cancer can be attributed to indoor tanning. Out of this number, 6,199 are melanoma cases, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation.

Avoiding indoor tanning is a no brainer, but what about natural sunlight? What is the best way to protect yourself yet enjoy outdoor activities, especially in the summer?

“The new FDA guidelines explicitly state that you should wear a sunscreen with broad spectrum UVA (aging) and UVB (burning) protection. It also says you should reapply sunscreen frequently to maintain high levels of protection—a critical point,” says Dr. Obagi.

The Skin Cancer Foundation adds that you should seek shade when the sun is highest and wear protective clothing, a broad-brimmed hat, and UV-blocking sunglasses. Also, apply one full ounce of sunscreen to your body and face every two hours when you are outdoors.

In fact, Dr. Ogagi believes you should never leave the house without sunscreen on exposed parts of the body and recommends ZO® Skin Health Oclipse® Sunscreen + Primer SPF 30, which contains natural melanin that acts as a shield to fight the assault of ultra violet light on skin cells.

If you are still tempted by the illusionary enhancement of a tan remember this, skin ages 10 times faster when exposed to UV light from any source. You may not see the changes in your 20s, but textural and tone changes will appear in your early 30s, sun induced melanoma can occur in teens, and premature photo aging—lines, wrinkles, discoloration—is never a pretty sight.

Eat Your Way to More Beautiful Skin

The best healthy-skin plan encompasses a solid daily skin care approach, lifestyle, and diet, so it’s no surprise that good eating habits—or lack thereof—can affect the health and appearance of your skin. Certain foods go above and beyond, offering antioxidant benefits that cannot be achieved through skin care alone.

“More studies are finding links between certain nutrients and wrinkle reduction, radiance, and acne prevention,” says Dr. ZeinObagi.  “Eating a diet rich in whole grains, amino acids, and antioxidant rich foods makes your cell membranes healthier. Skin should be protected from the outside as well, so daily sunscreen protection is essential and maintaining the barrier function will keep skin looking and feeling younger and healthier throughout your life.”

6 Good Skin Foods:

  • Cocoa – Chocolate and cocoa contain high levels of flavonoids, which is an antioxidant.
  • Pomegranates – This yummy red fruit is a great source of free radical fighting antioxidants.
  • Greek Yogurt – Greek yogurt is especially beneficial due to its high protein content, which can be twice as much as other yogurts.
  • Edamame – Soy isoflavones can help lighten pigment, reduce dark spots, and even out skin tone.
  • Green Tea – High in antioxidants and EGCG, green tea offers skin important benefits, including to help reduce redness and inflammation, and enhance skin’s sun protection factor.
  • Walnuts – These delicious multipurpose snacks are loaded with protein and omega-3 essential fatty acids to boost collagen production.

Fear of Aging Motivates Teens to Use an SPF

It turns out that fear of looking old motivates teens to apply sunscreen much more than the possibility of developing skin cancer.

A recent study from the University of Colorado in Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, found that educating teens about the aging and appearance-related effects of sun exposure is more effective than showing them the relationship between UV exposure and skin cancer when it comes to getting them to use sunscreen.

Fifty students from a Northern California high school were divided into two groups and shown one of the following videos:

  • A health-based video that “discussed the growing incidence of melanoma among young people and the link between skin cancer and UV radiation.”
  • An appearance-based video that “discussed the contribution of UV light to premature cutaneous aging and how sunscreen use could help delay signs of skin aging.”

According to researchers, they sought to compare the effectiveness of appearance-based video education with that of health-based video education in improving sunscreen use and knowledge. They were inspired by previous studies showing that appearance-based education was successful in getting teens to apply sunscreen, but costly. Videos are much more cost effective.

The results confirmed that appearance-based video education appears to be effective in promoting sunscreen use and knowledge in adolescents.

Knowledge about the risks of sun exposure increased in both groups, but the appearance-based group demonstrated a statistically significant increase in sunscreen use.